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Brand Name The Country Hen
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Company The Country Hen
Location Hubbardston, MA
Market Area nationwide
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The Country Hen

The Country Hen should be commended for sharing information about their production practices openly with The Cornucopia Institute and participating in the scorecard project.

However, none of the chickens that produce The Country Hen eggs currently have access to meaningful outdoor access. Their outdoor access consists of wooden porches that are covered on top and enclosed with chicken wire. The hens do not have access to living vegetation. The porches are not large enough for all the chickens to go outside at the same time, and are inaccessible to a large percentage of the birds. Only 10% of the birds could be outside at the same time. Instead of committing to working toward meeting requirements for outdoor access, The Country Hen has been lobbying the National Organic Standards Board not to require enough outdoor space for every hen to be outside at the same time.

Eggs from The Country Hen are available in stores nationwide.

Criteria Points Comments
Organic Certifying Agent 85 Natural Food Certifiers
Ownership Structure 80 family-owned business
Egg Supply 100 single family farm
Disclosure 100 Full and Open
Commitment to Organics 100 organic
Single or Double Henhouses 30 single and double
Outdoor Space 20 porches, .145 sq. ft per bird
Exit to the Outside 20 4 per house
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally
Outdoor Opportunity for all Birds 10 No, less than 10%
Outdoor Rotation 20 porches without vegetation
Outdoor Vegetation 10 wood porches
Indoor Space 90 1.5 sq. ft.
Indoor Enrichment 80 no perches, shavings on floor for dust bath, scratching areas
Natural Light 90 abundant natural light in henhouses
Pasture Shared with Other Animals 25 no living vegetation
Manure Handling System 80 sold off-farm
Feed - Any Produced on farm 50 No feed is produced on farm
Replacement Stock 60 Company raises own replacement pullets in industrial scale setting
Laying Hen Lifespan 70 1.5 years
Beak Trimming 50 yes
Farm Support 100 farmer-owners live/work on site
TOTAL (possible score is 2200) 1340 TWO EGGS (Fair)